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Grantown-on-Spey

Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club has an excellent pedigree. The course was designed by two of the giants of architectural golf design -- the great James Braid and the legendary Willie Park who, by the way, was the winner of multiple British Championship Opens and designed the renowned Sunningdale golf course near London.

Grantown on Spey clubhouse
Grantown-on-Spey clubhouse with spectacular Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop.

Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club is actually situated in the Cairngorms National Park, and meanders through flat parkland and undulating woodlands, making it rather unique in that it seems to be broken up into thirds. The first third, holes 1 through 6, play over fairly flat parkland terrain. On the next third of the course, holes 7 through 12 , the course begins to roll up and down and you're faced with threading your drive through trees guarding the fairways, hoping you get an even lie. The last third, holes 13 through 18, are undulating parkland.

Grantown-on-Spey fairway

Not a particularly long course, it measures a bit more than 5,700 yards. But since the par is only 68, it plays plenty long enough with a respectable AFSD of 178 yards. And it's a wide open course, so if your drive tends to be erratic you won't run into too much trouble.

Gratnown on Spey

Grantown-on-Spey is really a strikingly beautiful course. It reminds me somewhat of Boat-of-Garten, which is also in this area. And there are some wonderful holes. One of the shortest and most beautiful is the 9th (Murdie's View) -- a 275 yard par 4 that plays downhill and is the drop-dead gorgeous signature hole. The green is one of those inverted saucer greens that, if you don't hold it, you have a devil of a time either chipping or putting back on. You may get to the green in one, but holding it is quite another story. Anyway, don't let the view steal your attention. Take a look.....

Grantown on Spey, upper tee on the 9th
Upper tee on the signature hole, number 9

and here's that hellish 9th green--perhaps the most diabolical greens in all of Scotland. --

Grantown 9th green

Grantown-on-Spey is an enjoyable golf course. It's inexpensive and it has a terrific clubhouse filled with good food and very friendly folks. If you can get a chance to play it, do so.


Golf Nook rating -- A solid PAR

http://www.grantownonspeygc.co.uk

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